Smiles on the Docks: Antigua Sailing Week – Final Day

Winner: CSA 4, Quokka 8, Grand Soleil 43, Philippe Falle of Deep Blue Racing, (GBR)

You could almost feel the tension on the dock as the international fleet sailed out to the combat area. With many class winners yet to be decided, the pressure was heightened by tricky conditions. The breeze was rarely more than 10 knots and there were huge wind holes appearing all over the racing area. However, the Race Committee did an excellent job getting in a fair race for all classes. Starts are always important, especially in light airs and several yachts could not control their urgency enough, resulting in several individual recalls and two general recalls. The last day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week was not for the faint hearted. [Read more…]

Blissful day 2 in Antigua Sailing Week

When the sun is shining on tropical waters with 15 knots of warm breeze filling the air, it is most sailors’ idea of rapture. The second day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week was blessed with these heavenly conditions.

For the CSA Classes racing in Rendezvous Bay, it was a day to keep your head out of the boat, looking for subtle changes in wind speed and a watchful eye on the competition. The tight course made for plenty of traffic and confused air. The smart sailors avoided the holes in the wind and the sailboat congestion. [Read more…]

Chilled out Antigua – day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week

Beautiful sunshine, crystal clear blue skies and a gentle breeze produce a positive vibration for the first day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week. Winners are always grinners but as sailors came ashore, after three hours of racing in paradise, there were smiles all round. [Read more…]

Day 1 Race Report: Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival

Rick Gormley’s First 38, Elethea (left) and Don Ward’s Frolic, Luders Naval Academy Yawl – Winner of the CSA Cruising Division – Credit: Jody Sallons-Day www.leadingimage.org

Day 1 of racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival belonged to youth and elegance. Youth powered the Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger to a win in the CSA Spinnaker Class in the 13.6 mile race. The crew onboard, aged 14-16, showed some real talent in manoeuvring their boat around the varied marks of the course, steered by the masterful Shawn Malone. Elegance was Don Ward’s Luders Naval Academy Yawl, Frolic which took the top slot in the CSA Cruising Division in a close finish only 30 seconds ahead of second placed Elethea, a Beneteau First 38. [Read more…]

Hard to Handle

By: 
Louay Habib

It was yet another day of episode and drama at Antigua Sailing Week. This year’s Antigua Sailing Week is producing intense battles right through the fleet with close encounters a plenty. Stress levels were running high today with start line incidents a plenty and a major collision on the first upwind leg of the day in the big boat class with just one final race tomorrow, nearly all of the classes are yet to be decided. [Read more…]